Expect The Unexpected

27 Sep

New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog

New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog

Over the past several months, I have definitely made some significant wardrobe adjustments – whether it has been to prepare my closet for actual seasons, or to sprinkle in some additional work appropriate pieces.  To be honest, “work appropriate” has always been a term that’s made me cringe a little bit. I had the tendency to associate this genre of dressing with boring black suits, or shapeless dresses, more suitable for a funeral than a fashion blog.

After moving to New York earlier this year, however, it didn’t take long for me to realize that this mindset couldn’t have been farther from the truth! Each day I pass by hundreds of fashion-forward, professional women who, in their work chic attire, remind how way off I was in this train of thought. Not to mention bloggers like This Time Tomorrow and 9 to 5 Chic, whose inspiring sites I have become so completely addicted to!

So, let’s face it, I am going on 25, I work in an office environment, and I am not going to be able to get away with distressed denim cutoffs and cropped tops forever. That is not to say, however, that I ever plan on being a boring dresser, or giving up on my quest to create unique, quirky looks each day!

My favorite tip for jazzing up a “safe for work” ensemble is sprinkling in a few unexpected pops of color. Today, I’ve been invited to share a couple of my favorite looks on this fall trend with Balluun, a business marketplace for fashion designers and retailers.

Lime green and royal blue has been one of my favorite color combinations to sport during spring and summer. And while it may be a bit much as temperatures continue to drop, these two colors, when worn separately, can be extremely transitional! The blue pumps, for example, are really great when paired up with a basic LBD…an extremely versatile outfit that can be worn all year round.

The second look is certainly more fall/winter appropriate, and I am very excited to incorporate more of these deeper, earthy tones into my wardrobe in the coming months. While the bronze and teal combo is not one that I even saw coming, I think they pair together quite nicely. It is all about experimentation, people!

Again, mixing and matching unexpected colors (or patterns/prints, for that matter), is a great way to funk up an otherwise basic ensemble, and keep work wear interesting. I hope these looks have inspired you to have a little bit of fun with fashion and try out some different pairings!

Head on over to Balluun’s blog to see more of my photos!

*head to toe: Look #1 – Karen Walker sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff bag, dress via Threadsence, Michael Kors pumps; Look #2 – Karen Walker sunglasses, Opening Ceremony drop waist dress, Kelsi Dagger Mackenzie Satchel, Zara heels

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

19 Lovely Comments on “Expect The Unexpected”

  1. Krista 30. Sep, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Love the looks. I’m all about spicing up the work wardrobe. Congrats on the recognition on Balluun.


  2. Irina 28. Sep, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Love all your outfit posts! the pump of color makes it more FAB!



  3. Styleclouds 27. Sep, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    I love both looks and absolutely agree, that business outfits are far away from black suits and white blouse these days. Actually, this is the motto of my blog. :-)
    Have a lovely day! xo, Christina



  4. Jennifer 27. Sep, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I am in love with that second dress!
    I have a hard time with dressing for the office and for myself.. I don’t ever want to buy clothes that I would only wear to work lol

    xo Jennifer



    Laura Reply:

    Thanks, Jennifer! And I hear you girl — it is just more fun to shop for things you can wear out or on the weekends!


  5. Michelle 27. Sep, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Love that you are still fashion forward/daring even in a work environment!



  6. ewa 27. Sep, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    beautiful dresses!


  7. monkeyshines 27. Sep, 2012 at 9:13 am #




  8. megan, the frugalista diaries 27. Sep, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    love that green dress
    Xo Megan, TfDiaries.com


    Laura Reply:

    Thanks, Megan! It is from Threadsence, they have the cutest things. :)



  9. The Marcy Stop 27. Sep, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Great looks! I love the way you experiment with patterns and colors. Very inspiring, and something everyone can work into their wardrobe!


  10. Susie Dickson 27. Sep, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    I sometimes struggle with finding interesting work-appropriate attire too, and I like your approach with unexpected color here. Especially like that lime-green ensemble – works so well with the blue pumps.

    Sea and Swank


    Laura Reply:

    Thanks, Susie! It can definitely be a challenge, but I’ve found a little extra color is a good way to go. :)


  11. Erin 27. Sep, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    I love those lime and cobalt colors together. And the shoes in your second outfit make any look fun and chic!



  12. Andrea 27. Sep, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    I know what you mean and I find the idea of what constitutes as ‘office appropriate’ quite daunting. I love your outfits however!! Especially the second one is gorgeous! :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous


    Laura Reply:

    Thank you!! That second dress has quickly become a favorite of mine. :)

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!


  13. kcomekarolina 27. Sep, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    omg! i love these looks!

    xoxo from rome


  14. Rhoda Wong 27. Sep, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    love the dresses! and heels!



  15. Natali 27. Sep, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    Great outfits! My more favorite one is the 1st one :)



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